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News September 17, 2018
SmartTransit is the go-to event for senior transit industry figures from across North America. Transportation technology is evolving faster than ever; digitalization, modernization and innovation are essential for transit to fight car culture and continue to be a viable mode of transportation. With...
Positive Train Control funding
News September 14, 2018
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) this week announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for at least $46 million for positive train control (PTC) systems grants.   This NOFO represents the balance of the $250 million PTC Consolidated Rail...
NYC subway station
News September 10, 2018
The Cortlandt Street station on the No. 1 line, a once heavily-used subway station destroyed when the Twin Towers collapsed on Sept. 11, 2001, finally reopened Saturday after being closed for nearly two decades.   The station, located directly below the World Trade Center, is one of the last...
public transit usage
News August 31, 2018
More public transit usage can significantly lessen cities' traffic death rates, according to a recent American Public Transportation Association (APTA) analysis.   Conducted by APTA and advocacy group Vision Zero Network, the analysis showed that metro areas that log more than 40 annual transit...
L.A. Metro Willowbrook
News August 29, 2018
The Los Angeles office of Stantec is working with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) on the Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station Improvement Project in Los Angeles.   The Project will reimagine the existing Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station as a community hub with an...
autonomous public transit
News August 23, 2018
Arlington, Texas, city leaders say they have approved a contract with a California-based self-driving car company for a one-year pilot program to run autonomous public transit within the city's entertainment district beginning this fall.    Beginning Oct. 19, the city and Drive.ai will roll out...
rail improvements
News August 22, 2018
New Mexico’s commuter rail system has pieced together enough funding to complete a $60 million safety upgrade required by the federal government.   The state’s congressional delegation announced Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded a $29.4 million grant to the Rail Runner...
Rail improvements
News August 20, 2018
Metrolink was awarded $6.5 million this week in state funding to begin design, rail operations modeling and environmental assessment on a $10 billion plan to improve regional rail before for the 2028 Los Angeles Olympic Games.   The funding from the California Transportation Commission is for the...
SYLPOE
News August 20, 2018
Southern California’s San Ysidro Land Port of Entry (LPOE)—the busiest international border crossing in the western hemisphere, with 70,000 northbound vehicle passengers and 20,000 northbound pedestrians crossing daily—officially opened on August 15, marked by a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by...
bus rapid transit
News August 13, 2018
The Utah Transit Authority (UTA) is getting ready to roll out a new rapid transit system in Utah County, nine months ahead of schedule.   Twenty-five new UTA buses will be hitting the roads around the cities of Provo and Orem. The buses are 60 ft long, expanded from the usual 40-ft UTA buses, and...
rail crossings
Article August 07, 2018
Rail-highway crossings present a special set of safety challenges for transportation professionals.   Due to their vastly different mass and maneuverability, motor vehicles and trains have very different operational characteristics. Quite often, an inattentive driver who makes a mistake at an...
Charlotte Blue Line extension

All photos: David Murphy, courtesy of HNTB

Article August 07, 2018
Ten years after it was proposed, the 9.3-mile extension of Charlotte Area Transit Systems’ (CATS) LYNX Blue Line opened to riders this March, providing a direct light rail connection from Uptown Charlotte to the main campus of University of North Carolina-Charlotte.   The extension, built at a cost...
transit funding
News August 03, 2018
The U.S. Senate yesterday approved a fiscal-year 2019 appropriations bill that provides $16.1 billion for public transit.   The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD), and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2019 also dedicates $2.5 billion for intercity passenger-rail grants. The...
transportation projects
News August 02, 2018
The U.S. Senate took action this week to send millions of dollars to Ohio for transportation and infrastructure projects.   Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) announced the bill's passage in a news release Wednesday afternoon.    The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill...
bus route suspensions
News July 31, 2018
Metro Transit, the primary public transportation provider in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area in Minnesota, is indefinitely suspending trips along dozens of bus routes beginning Tuesday, July 31, citing a growing shortage of bus drivers.   The state’s largest bus operator announced the cancellations...
Public transit safety rules
News July 19, 2018
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) issued two final regulations to strengthen the safety of public transportation systems, the Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan rule and the Safety Certification Training Program rule.   With these actions, FTA has...
Wes Guckert
Article July 17, 2018
According to the BRT Centre of Excellence, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is a major source of transportation for millions every day. There are 54 cities across Latin America that have a BRT system, transporting nearly 20 million people on a daily basis. Latin America makes up 62% of the global demand for...
autonomous shuttle
News July 06, 2018
Self-driving shuttles are expected to ferry passengers in the downtown streets of Columbus, Ohio, by the end of the year.   The Ohio Department of Transportation, the city of Columbus and Ohio State University (OSU) are seeking proposals from companies to operate and maintain low-speed, self-...
interstate improvements
News July 05, 2018
Improvements to I-80 were deemed critical in a regional transportation proposal by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP).   The agency’s “On to 2050" Transportation Plan also placed the proposed Illiana toll road on the back burner. The updated plan calls for $72.7 billion in...
Michael Sweeney, HNTB
Article July 02, 2018
With continued partisan gridlock in the U.S. Congress, it has been difficult for meaningful federal transportation initiatives to roll forward–and progress is likely to remain stalled until 2019 or later. President Trump admitted as much in a late-March speech when he predicted, “You’ll probably...
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